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VFD adoption triggers need for bearing protection rings

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 As the adoption of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) increases, so too will the need for the reliable mitigation of destructive shaft voltages, which will lead to increased demand for bearing protection rings, says bearing protection solutions provider AEGIS sales and marketing manager Adam... 

Subaru in S Africa to stay, says Japanese brand

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 Subaru South Africa (SA) sales increased by 10% last year, reaching 1 002 units, outgunning a lethargic domestic market that managed only a 1.8% gain in 2017 compared with 2016. Subaru has been operating in South Africa for more than twenty-five years. 

Subaru in S Africa to stay, says Japanese brand

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has completed a R30-million phase-one upgrade of its Rosslyn assembly plant, in Tshwane. The aim of the investment was to modernise the plant to mirror the UD Trucks’ Ageo plant, in Japan.  

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly
Aubrey Rambau

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA takes second and third at Dakar 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2018 Two days of high drama in the 2018 Dakar Rally saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (TGRSA) take second and third spot in the marathon South American race. The race, which concluded on the weekend, was won by Peugeot’s Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, with TGRSA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA takes second and third at Dakar 2018
Giniel de Villiers

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run onto the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

Further car sales growth expected this year after 2% uptick in 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association has released its third quarter review of business... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

VWSA launches assembly, ride-sharing, car-hailing business in Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2018 German car maker Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VMSR), an integrated automotive mobility solutions company that is to be run under the auspices of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). VWSA is responsible for the sub-Saharan African region within the Volkswagen... 

VWSA launches assembly, ride-sharing, car-hailing business in Rwanda
The 2018 Polo

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc
Self-driving mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen Haab. (See second self-parking video as well)

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2018 The Toyota Hilux in 2017 again took the crown in the annual brawl for the top spot on the bakkie sales charts. Becoming more of a heavyweight bout in recent years, as Ford stepped up its game in this lucrative segment of the local market, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sold 36 422 Hilux... 

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again
The Toyota Hilux

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2018 After spending three years in negative territory, South African new-vehicle sales finally managed to inch forward in 2017, growing by 1.8%, to 557 586 units, compared with 2016. New-vehicle sales dropped by 11.4% in 2016, 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

AIDC, Nissan South Africa receives international training accrediation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) on Monday reported that the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), in partnership with Nissan South Africa, has successfully met the training criteria to become an IMI-approved international centre in South Africa. After successfully completing a... 

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

VWSA uses competition to select five black suppliers to enter supply chain

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Mercedes-Benz launches entry-level commuter bus in SA

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Electric vehicle growth puts pressure on nickel supply

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th December 2017 Global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that nickel demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries will increase from about 40 000 t in 2016 to 220 000 t in 2025, as demand for hybrid, plug-in and full EVs grows in developed countrie 

Electric vehicle  growth puts pressure on nickel supply
SEAN MULSHAW An increase in demand for passenger electric vehicles will be driven predominantly by the Asia-Pacific region – especially China – as well as Europe and North America

Number of auto aftermarket franchises rising

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 The number of franchised systems (or business networks) within the automotive aftermarket has grown from 60 in 2012, to 79 in 2017, shows the 2017 Franchise Factor report. Thirty of the 79 systems tallied this year are new franchised systems. The automotive franchise aftermarket has also seen the... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA revs up for Dakar 2018 with three-car line-up

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has announced a three-car line-up for Dakar 2018. All three vehicles have been produced in South Africa. The Japanese manufacturer first fielded a Toyota Hilux in the Dakar rally in 2012. The team could not secure a podium position in 2017, following its... 

Metair and partners to produce lithium-ion batteries

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

New range of filters introduced, new materials enhance filtration

1st December 2017 Drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has introduced a new range of hydraulic filter elements that incorporate new materials which enhance filtration performance for hydraulic systems while reducing operating costs through increased service life. The new Pure Power range of elements has been... 

Chinese auto group dips toe in SA’s diesel-taxi waters

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Beijing Automotive Works South Africa (BAW SA) will test a new diesel minibus taxi in the local market through sales at four selected dealers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. Should the market accept the vehicle, availability would grow to most of the 28 BAW... 

New entry-level vehicle safety report released

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has released its second yearly Entry-level Vehicle Safety Report.   The report considers the safety features of 25 vehicles available in South Africa, priced under R160 000. This is R10 000 (6.7%) more than the vehicles considered last year, to... 

Auto firms back deployment of high power EV charging network in Europe

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi and Porsche, have announced Ionity as a joint venture (JV) that will develop and implement a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe. Ionity will launch 400 HPC stations by 2020. 

Volkswagen names fives winners in empowerment supplier project

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Volkswagen names fives winners in empowerment supplier project

Volvo Cars owner buys US flying car aspirant, targets 2019 launch

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2017 China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) will acquire the operations and assets of Terrafugia, a US-based company focused on the engineering and production of flying cars and other future technologies. Geely also owns Lotus and Volvo Cars, and sells taxis under the London Taxi brand. 

Volvo Cars owner buys US flying car aspirant, targets 2019 launch
The Terrafugia VTOL

WesBank, Haval sign finance agreement

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2017 WesBank, a division of First Rand Bank, has concluded an agreement with Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) to provide finance products for the brand’s expanding customer base in South Africa. The Chinese vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motors (GWM) has traded in South Africa since 2007. 

WesBank, Haval sign finance agreement

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment
BAIC D20 hatchback

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has launched a programme to produce lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries across its operations in South Africa, Turkey and Romania. The programme will see Metair partner with universities and industry agencies for the production and... 

Metair launches SA lithium-ion battery production programme

Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2017 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

 Sasol the most successful service station brand in SA, says Lightstone Explore

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held on November 10. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Artificial intelligence wins big at Mercedes-Benz SA Innovation Challenge

South African van market continues to underperform

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

Cartrack reaches subscriber milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics services provider Cartrack has reached 700 000 active subscribers, it said on Wednesday. The JSE-listed company attributed the robust subscriber growth to its dedicated workforce focusing on consistent customer engagement and the... 

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